Dec. 6, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe and Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino met with the south Florida media here this afternoon. Quotes from the two coaches follow:
"It's an honor for us to be here and to have the opportunity to play in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl. We certainly have our work cut out for us in playing
"We are looking forward to getting down here. We couldn't be more proud of our football team. We are honored to bring
On parity in college football:
"From our standpoint, if you look across the country you'll see we're not the only Cinderella story out there. Everybody has good players. With the scholarship limits I think things have evened out a little bit. College football across the country is getting more balanced every year. I think
Biggest concern about adversity that was overcome:
"We lost Ben Mauk in the first game against
Is the BCS bowl sweeter concerning the path you had to get here?:
"Coach Petrino sounds a lot like our football team. In all my years of coaching I've never had more fun coming to the office. We have a really good team chemistry. We don't have any clicks within the football team like you sometimes have. Our guys genuinely like one another".
On the low preseason expectations:
"I can understand why we were picked last. Our history indicates we haven't been strong. But I thought with 18 returning starters that we would be pretty good. When we were picked last I thought maybe I had missed something".
On the overall success of the WFU athletic department:
"When I first got to
On the excitement around campus:
"We just had a whirlwhind experience. It's something that we've just started to enjoy. The last five games of the season were critical for us. So, we're just starting to figure out what all of this means. Our student body is really excited even though we're in final exams right now. We have a lot of enthusiasm. Our students were fired up when we beat Georgia Tech and we got a great reception when we got back to campus. It's been really fun."
Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino
"I'd like to congratulate Coach Grobe on their season and ACC championship. When we prepared for our game against
"I think you'll like what you see when you watch our team play. We like to spread it out on offense. I think our defense held us together when our offense was struggling. We're really excited to be here and to play in the state of